Governors Bay Jetty
Restoring the Iconic Governors Bay Jetty
Governors Bay jetty lies in a shallow bay within a dramatic volcanic landscape, dotted with rocky outcrops and native bush. It’s a magical place, only 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre and easily accessible to Christchurch. The jetty is a defining feature of the bay, a remarkable 300 metres long – the longest one in Banks Peninsula and as long as New Brighton pier.
It’s a place for fun, for fishing, for boating. A place to walk, to reflect, to connect with the enchanting surroundings. A place for children to learn about the sea, to feel the wind and watch the waves, to jetty jump, and to just be children.
Over the years, as time and tide have taken their toll, the very future of the jetty has come under threat. In 1910, the Lyttelton Harbour Board decided to close the jetty, but local residents opposed its closure and the jetty was saved in 1913 by extending to its current length of 300 metres.
After the February 2011 quake, the jetty was closed to the public. In 2015, Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust was set up to save the jetty by running the project and raising money.
The Trust has completed all design and pre-construction work and has engaged HEB Construction as their main contractor. Physical work starts in late August 2022 and the rebuild is expected to finish in March 2023.
With the financial commitment of the Christchurch City Council to contribute half of the $3.5 million total project cost, but they need your help urgently to complete.
Why help save the jetty?
Once rebuilt, the jetty will be a place where anyone can connect with the sea, with the landscape, and with others.
If you donate $600 or more, we’ll acknowledge your special spot on the jetty with your name or short message on “your” plank. Can’t afford this much? Every dollar helps and in early 2023, you’ll be able to walk on (and jump off) the jetty knowing that you helped to save it.
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